2018-08-02 / Front Page

Weekend events will rival Fourth

Planes, settlers and art
By Jen Murphy
of the Enterprise staff


Pilot Joe Gross of Alden made a point of landing at Woolsey Memorial Airport in 2017 for breakfast. The fly-in breakfast will once again be part of one of the busiest weeks of the Leelanau summer. Pilot Joe Gross of Alden made a point of landing at Woolsey Memorial Airport in 2017 for breakfast. The fly-in breakfast will once again be part of one of the busiest weeks of the Leelanau summer. Leelanau County has been bursting at the seams this summer, with crowds peaking over the Fourth of July weekend.

Or did they?

Visitors will have no problem filling their social calendar over the next week, which just might represent the busiest time of the summer.

“We are loving every minute of it,” said Glen Arbor Chamber co-president Connie Kroll. “It has been a fantastic summer thus far.”

In fact, the “most beautiful place in America” just might earn a new title of “the busiest place in America” considering the number of events on tap.

“All of the businesses are super busy. Everybody is doing very well, and from a chamber perspective we love to see all of the activity,” Kroll said.

Got a spare moment? You would not if you chose to participate in events planned on the peninsula during the next week. The lineup, by category:

Walkers and runners

Walkers, runners and spectators will have to choose between 5Ks at Northport or Port Oneida for their morning jog on Saturday. Or maybe it’s possible to do both if you run really fast. Registration opens at 7 a.m. for the 9th Annual Port Oneida Run / Walk Fundraiser. The fundraiser is comprised of three separate events: the Kids Schoolhouse Dash, Tiller’s 10-K Run, Homesteader’s Hardcore Hilly 5K and Farmer’s Flat and Fast 5K. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse 5K starts at 10 a.m. in the state park located in Northport.

Food and fun

And those who choose exploring and eating over exercise Saturday will be rewarded with a pancake breakfast at the Fly-in, Drivein Breakfast at Woolsey Airport, just north of Northport. An annual event, the planes and pancakes provide a spectacular change of pace for breakfast. On Sunday, the 126th annual Old Settlers Picnic will offer a picnic lunch, live music and dancing to both young and old. The picnic will be held at Old Settlers Picnic grounds (more detailed coverage can be found in Section 2, page 16).

For art lovers

The weekend offers plenty for artsy folks with two book sales and two art events. The final day of the Glen Lake Community Library’s Used Book Sale wraps up with a “Bag Sale” beginning at 9 a.m. at the Glen Arbor Town Hall and the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library will offer thousands of books, DVDs and CDs on Saturday and Sunday. The sale will be held at the library on Front Street. More details can be found in Section 2, page 10.

Suttons Bay will host its 39th annual Art Festival both Saturday and Sunday. The festival will be held at Suttons Bay Marina Park and will feature over 100 artists and craftsmen (detailed coverage can be found in Section 2 on page 10). And artists will pick up their paint brushes Friday for the first day of Glen Arbor Art Center’s Plein Air event, which continues Saturday.

If you’re looking for more events, check out the comprehensive list on our community calendar in this section on page 3 and our arts calendar in Section 2 on page 10.

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